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by: , Master Recycler Billie Schults will speak at the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood on March 20th.

'Green Home Business' at Assn. Of Home Businesses

The area-wide, nonprofit Association of Home Businesses, at its monthly meeting in Sellwood on Thursday evening, March 20, will feature a talk by Master Recycler Billie Schults. There are many ways that standard businesses can recycle, but Billie will address ways that home-based businesses can be 'green', too. Guests are always welcome at the monthly meeting, on the third Thursday each month, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. The evening includes a buffet supper; cost to attend $10. RSVP required, for food planning. For information or to RSVP, visit: www.AHBoregon.org, or call Eric at 503/232-9787, mailbox 6.

Second tenant announced for Westmoreland business property

The new commercial building across the street from the Sellwood Post Office, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, has gained a second tenant. With a new FedEx/Kinko's already open there, a 'Staccato Gelato' store is announced to be moving into the corner space. It will be an additional location for a business which already is already open on N.E. 28th, according to John Prell of Windermere Commercial, who represented the tenant in acquiring the space. Staccato Gelato reportedly intends to be open before the end of April.

Sellwood insurance agent marks 10th

The Lee Cannon Insurance Agency is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. 'When we opened 10 years ago, the neighbors and local businesses were very supportive,' commented Cannon. 'We look forward to the years ahead.' The agency recently moved from the northeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tacoma to the same position on the corner of S.E. 16th and Tacoma. The address is 8085 S.E. 16th Avenue; the telephone number is 503/235-1545.

'Looking Glass Bookstore' celebrates first anniversary in Sellwood

On Thursday, March 20th, Looking Glass Bookstore in the 'red caboose' on S.E. 13th north of Tacoma Street is celebrating the first day of spring as well as its first year in Sellwood. The event will start at 5 pm with a reading for children by Sy James. The music and food will begin around 6 pm, then at 7 pm there will be a reading by a few neighborhood poets - Paulann Petersen, Paula Lowden, and Stephanie Van Horn. After that it's more food and music until 9 pm. All free and open to everyone.

AHB member 'green' certified

Kathryn Leech APLD, owner of River City Gardens Sustainable Landscape Design, has become the first landscape professional to receive certification from The Pollution Prevention Outreach Team (www.ecobiz.org), a regional multi-agency cooperative group working toward a cleaner environment. Her recent projects incorporate storm water management solutions, organic soil preparation, revitalizing existing plants, using recycled materials for hardscaping and building structures, growing edibles, compost areas, permeable surfaces and use of natives and other easy care plants. Leech is a member of the Association of Home Businesses, an area-wide group which meets on the third Thursday evening of each month, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, 13th and Tenino, in Sellwood. She can be contacted at 503/293-6114, or via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'First Friday' event salutes 'remarkable women'

Janovec Gallery in the Brooklyn neighborhood devotes its March exhibition to Portland's artistic 'remarkable women', with special attention to the new 'Women Making History in Portland' mural under development in North Portland, with reproductions of the work on display, and some of the artists who have worked on the mural in attendance at the First Friday reception, March 7, 6-9 pm, at the gallery - on the southeast corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

'Landlord Study Hall' topic for March announced

'Notices and Terminations' are the subjects of this month's free monthly 'Landlord Study Hall' in Woodstock on March 12th. The meeting is 6:30-8 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 40th and Woodstock Boulevard, and although free, an RSVP is required. Respond to 503/772-8825, extension 6, to reserve your seat. For information, visit online: www.landlordstudyhall.com. These events are sponsored by Kathryn King, Amy Barnhouse, and Pam Olson.

Brooklyn resident publishes forensic book on 'Titanic'

Jennifer Hooper McCarty, who has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and whose forensic examination of the rivets and structural steel of the Titanic in 1998 revealed for the first time why the great ship went down so fast after striking an iceberg, has completed her forensic work on the subject and on March 1st published a new book through Kensington Publishing, with co-author Tim Foecke, entitled 'What Really Sank the Titanic: New Forensic Discoveries'. McCarty works at OHSU these days, and is a resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Hip Chicks offer 'Wine and Chocolate Therapy Class'

The Brooklyn neighborhood's 'Hip Chicks Do Wine' winery plans to combine its wine, on Thursday, March 6, with chocolate by Moonstruck Chocolates and artisan cheese and crackers, 'on a culinary adventure exploring the history and the production of chocolate and wine'. This event will be held at 'Hip Chicks do Wine' 6 pm - 9 pm that evening; tickets are $24, and may be purchased by contacting the winery at 503/234-3790. The winery is located under the east end of the Holgate Viaduct, at 4510 S.E. 23rd Avenue.

'Curves' joins other local businesses in offering monthly art exhibits

Westmoreland's 'Curves', 7227 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue is currently displaying quilts made by its members who live in the neighborhood. There will be an informal public open house, 9 am. till 1 pm, on Saturday, March 1st, to see the quilts. Curves is also participating in an annual food drive, and advises that till mid-March it will be offering a reduced membership fee for those bringing in one bag of non-perishable food items. Call 503/230-1444 for more.

Woodstock wine appreciation class offered

A four-class series, 'Comprehensive Wine Tasting and Food Pairing 101 Class', is registering now for four consecutive Saturdays, 2-4:30 pm, starting on April 19th. David Rounds is the instructor, operator of the Internet website: www.pdx-wineforeveryone.com, will introduce appreciation of wines, shopping for wines, and pairing foods and wines. $55 per class, or all four for $170. Location is 4128 S.E. Rex Street. Register at the website. Rounds also operates a 'wine blog' at: www.wineforeveryoneonline.wordpress.com.

Yoga near Brooklyn offered for women

Rena Hatch, MS, RYT, announces a home based business called 'Yoga and Wise Woman Life Coaching', which is offering 'Yoga for Women' each Monday morning starting March 3rd, 10-11:30 am, just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood. Pre-registration required. Call 503/224-9461, or visit online: www.LunaGaia.com.